When Harmit Bhangu arrived at a Moorhead rest stop on Sunday, he heard God order him to kill another truck driver who looked abnormal to him
Without saying a word, Bhangu approached Dale Morigeau and began repeatedly stabbing him, swinging the knife in a circular motion.
Morigeau yelled to a woman for help, saying, “He’s going to kill me” as Bhangu stabbed him eight to 10 times
Police found Bhangu holding onto the chest and neck area of Morigeau, who was covered in blood and suffering from multiple stab wounds, including one near his heart. Morigeau, 51, has undergone surgery and is listed in critical condition but is expected to live.
After he was taken into custody, Bhangu said he also had assaulted a man in Beach, N.D. – roughly 350 miles away – the day before.
When police asked Bhangu if he had killed the person in Beach, Bhangu asked where the person was, saying he wanted to kill him right now. He then reiterated wanting to kill Morigeau saying he knew it was wrong to kill people but God had ordered him to do it.
Bhangu was in Beach on Saturday, but authorities do not believe he harmed anyone. Bhangu called authorities at 12:45 a.m. Saturday and reported that two men were making racial slurs at him at the Flying J Travel Plaza in Beach, but the men were no longer there when officers arrived. Investigators are checking surveillance footage, but have not found indications of an assault.
Bhangu, of Chestermere, Alberta, has caused several problems since his arrest and been violent toward jail staff. Bhangu was placed on medications to keep him from being violent in the jail. Bhangu was hospitalized after repeatedly banging his head against his cell wall
Bhangu also is accused of attacking a police detective who was interviewing him. While discussing his religion, Sikhism, with police, Bhangu asked if the detective wanted to be a part of that religion. When the detective said he did not know, Bhangu then reached up with his right hand, which was in a cast, and struck the detective in his face.
The detective became momentarily disoriented from the incident, and was knocked out of his chair.
Bhangu then stood up from his seat in an aggressive manner, staring at the detective as he called out for help from other officers. Officers ended up using a Taser on Bhangu.
Bhangu is originally from India, where his wife currently lives.
Bhangu was surrounded by four sheriff’s deputies during a court appearance and appeared a bit disoriented. When asked if Bhangu would need an interpreter, his attorney responded that he was having a hard time determining how much Bhangu does understand because he was so medicated at the time.
The judge ordered a psychological evaluation for Bhangu and said his English language skills also should be determined.